Karnataka MLA MP Renukacharya, political advisor to the chief minister, on Tuesday, 21 January, courted controversy over his remarks against Muslims in India while speaking at a pro-CAA rally in the state.
Addressing the pro-CAA rally, the BJP MLA said, "There are some anti nationals who sit in mosques and give fatwas. Aren't mosques meant to pray? But instead what you do is to collect weapons, is this why you go to a mosque?"
Further, he threatened to allot the funds for the Muslim community to Hindus.
"“If you continue like this I will also do politics in the taluk. I will give all funds meant for you (Muslims) to our Hindu people. At least they will get development. I will ensure I keep you in a place you deserve.”" - MP Renukacharya, MLA
This is not the first time a Karnataka BJP leader has spouted communal remarks against the minority. BJP MLA Somashekar Reddy had earlier warned the anti-CAA protesters to think of the 'consequences,' if the majority communities also hit the streets against them.
A case was later filed against Reddy for provocative speech.
BJP Responds to Remarks
BJP’s state unit spokesman G Madhusudhana said the state government would consider Renukacharya's remarks seriously, probe into his claims and act if they were true, reported IANS.
"We will review what he (Renukacharya) said, the context in which he said and act against offenders if weapons are found in mosques," Madhusudhana told IANS in Bengaluru.
(With inputs from IANS).
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